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Wilmington College is a small, private, not-for-profit university founded in 1870. The college is located in Wilmington, OH, which is between Columbus and Cincinnati with an additional campus in Cincinnati. This prestigious college centers around an experiential learning environment so that students graduate with extensive practical experience rather than simply a theoretical education.
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Overview of Wilmington College
The student body consists of 1,260 individuals with an instructor-to-student ratio of 1 to 15 and a graduation rate of 55%. Students have access to 25 degree majors, 27 minors, and 32 concentrations. The school is also home to 18 NCAA DIII sports programs, as well as 45 organizations and student clubs. And volunteering is a large part of the college experience for Wilmington students with over 8,000 hours donated during the 2018 to 2019 academic year.
Art and culture are also of critical importance to the overall educational experience at Wilmington College. Both students and the community have access to a multi-million-dollar cultural arts center. Additionally, the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, alongside the Ag Department, operates a Grow Food, Grow Hope Community Gardens for families of the local community struggling with employment opportunities.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||15:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Considered But Not Required|
|Application Deadline||August 1|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Wilmington College is more expensive than public schools with an average net price (cost after financial aid) of $22,432. Both out-of-state and in-state tuition costs are $26,775 each year. Due to the high costs of the school, nearly 100% of students seek out and secure financial aid in some form. Students should prepare themselves for even further expenses of at least another $15,000 to be able to complete a degree. Such expenses include room and board, supplies, class fees, books, and others.
Students will also often require a budget for non-degree-related expenses. Most students enjoy exploring the region from time-to-time, as well as needing to travel home a few times a year. It’s also likely that they will want to enjoy the local entertainments that cost extra money. And, if program participants wish to purchase college merchandise or new clothes throughout the year, they will need an even larger budget.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$15,150|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$10,100|
- Tuition In-State - $26,775
- Tuition Out-of-State - $26,775
- Books and Supplies - $1,100
- Room & Board - $10,100
- Other - $2,800
As a liberal arts college, students can expect a curriculum based on physical and social sciences, social issues, interpersonal skill development, and more. The school works to provide a well-rounded experience that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. It’s even possible to minor in peace studies, as well as participate in a special Peace Corps preparation program.
Bachelor’s degrees are available in majors including agriculture, chemistry, education, athletic training, and sports management. Students who excel in academics can pursue honors programs in a variety of degree programs. Some majors are available at Wilmington that are unavailable at most public higher learning institutions including equine business management, professional writing, religion and philosophy, social work, sustainability, and political science.
Wilmington College has a 71% retention rate with a four-year rate of graduation at 50% and a six-year rate of graduation at 55%. The graduation rates are quite low even for a private, not-for-profit college. The reason for such results could be due to the fact it is a more expensive college, or it could mean that students do not receive the necessary academic support they require to succeed.
Student Population Total
Student Population 1,260
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences||76 Total Graduates / 26%|
|Agricultural Business and Management, General||71 Graduates|
|Equestrian/Equine Studies||5 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||75 Total Graduates / 26%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||63 Graduates|
|Organizational Leadership||5 Graduates|
|Human Resources Management and Services, Other||1 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||32 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Education, General||32 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||32 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Sport and Fitness Administration/Management||20 Graduates|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||12 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||14 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other||8 Graduates|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||6 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||14 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Athletic Training/Trainer||14 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||17%|
Outcome & Salary
All students will have access to the Office of Career Services and a variety of events and activities to assist with the job search prior to graduation. Students will also have access to various resources, organizations, and the alumni network as a way to find even more employment opportunities.
Career services offer personalized job search strategies, a career cafe, interview clinics, dress for success tips and tricks, business card and elevator pitch preparation, career fairs, professional development tools, handshake registration, workshops, and networking skill practices. Each year, employers come to the campus to meet with students during career fairs and other career events. Potential employers host on-campus interviews on occasion. Internships are also available to all students.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$42,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$61,223|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$77,000|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$612,230|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,382,230|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$89,728|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$522,502|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,292,502|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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